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Helping Books Connection is a resource center compiled to help families and caring adults find and use quality children’s literature as a tool for individual and group discussion activities.

The Literature Database provides access to reviews of children’s and teen books, both fiction and nonfiction, covering topics that focus on ethical and personal issues relevant to young people. Titles are selected for inclusion and reviewed by librarians, teachers, and other trained adults working with children’s literature. Selection is based on Helping Books guidelines for choosing quality literature.

Helping Books Resources include programs, websites, books, and other tools that support the use of children’s literature to generate discussion. Find helpful resources in the areas of bibliotherapy, character education, family book discussions, and storytelling.


Please note that the Literature Database is no longer being updated. It remains available as a tool to discover and identify books for youth, but the latest reviews and books included are from 2010-2011.


Helping Books Connection was established through the efforts of the Ohio Library Council's Children's Services Division and is managed by the youth services consultant at the State Library of Ohio. Technical support and website hosting are provided by The Ohio Literacy Resource Center.




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